GRAND LAKE, Colo. – The Saint Joseph’s women’s lacrosse team placed seven players on the 2018 IWLCA/Zag Sports Division I Academic Honor Roll, it was announced by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association. To be eligible, student-athletes must be a junior, senior, or graduate student and have earned a cumulative academic GPA of 3.50 or greater. 

Seniors Dana Garbinski, Kristen Kelbon, and Morgan Lamey are repeat selections to the team while senior Kate Payne, junior Rebecca Lane, and graduate students Amelia Deibler and Liz O’Sullivan earn the honor for the first time in their careers.

Additionally, the Hawks were recognized as an IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad for the 2017-18 academic year, as Saint Joseph’s posted a 3.0 or higher team GPA for the year.

Garbinski made 16 appearances with 14 starts as a defensive midfielder this spring, turning in 18 ground balls and five caused turnovers on the season. For her three-year career, Garbinski put together 57 ground balls, 36 draw controls, and 23 caused turnovers alongside eight points on six goals and two helpers through 48 games with 36 starts. Garbinski graduated from Saint Joseph’s this May with a degree in pharmaceutical marketing and minored in interdisciplinary health services on Hawk Hill.

Kelbon anchored SJU’s back line in all 19 starts this spring, ranking second on the team in ground balls (37) and third in caused turnovers (23). For her four-year career, Kelbon totaled 78 ground balls and 50 caused turnovers, with 73 ground balls and 42 caused turnovers coming in her junior and senior seasons combined, and leaves SJU tied for 10th all-time in career caused turnovers. SJU’s recipient of the 2018 Atlantic 10 Postgraduate Scholarship, Kelbon graduated from Saint Joseph’s this May with degrees in both finance and accounting.

Exemplifying “The Hawk Will Never Die” spirit with her consistent positivity and energy this past spring en route to earning SJU’s 2018 Raymond Vasquez Award, Lamey missed three seasons due to injury and went for nine points on five goals and four helpers in her sophomore season in 2016. Lamey graduated from Saint Joseph’s this May with a degree in biology and minored in health care ethics on Hawk Hill.

Payne made all 19 appearances and started the first nine games of the season this spring, turning in the best offensive season of her career with 13 points on eight goals and five helpers to go with 32 draw controls, 22 ground balls, and 11 caused turnovers. Payne ties for eight all-time in career games played at SJU, with 65, and registered 66 ground balls, 49 caused turnovers, and 44 draw controls for her four-year career. Payne graduated from Saint Joseph’s this May with a degree in interdisciplinary health services and minored in Spanish on Hawk Hill.

One of the most decorated players to come through the Saint Joseph’s women’s lacrosse program, Lane enjoyed her second consecutive 60-point season with 35 goals and 25 helpers this spring, leading the Hawks in all three offensive categories. The 2018 Atlantic 10 First Team attacker averaged 3.21 points per game on 1.89 goals per game and 1.32 assists per game in 2018, netted her 100th career goal in just her 46th career game, and broke the program record for career assists, now 78. Lane currently sits fourth in career points (185) and eighth in career goals (107), through 49 career games, on Hawk Hill. She majors in psychology and minors in English.  

Deibler saw action off the bench in five games this spring, making seven saves vs. three goals allowed in 27:19. She is working toward her M.S. in Organization Development and Leadership at Saint Joseph’s.

O’Sullivan started all 19 games as SJU’s primary goalkeeper, putting together a 12.22 goals against average and .466 save percentage in 991:59, with 176 saves. O’Sullivan went 12-7 on the spring, breaking the program record for single-season goalkeeper victories in the process. She is working toward her MBA with a concentration in data analytics at Saint Joseph’s.

The IWLCA honored 429 student-athletes from 98 different institutions on the 2018 IWLCA Zag Sports Division I Academic Honor Roll.